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HUMA 2105
Sarah Blake

 Written sources are in 2 categories  1 – official documents nd  2 literary evidence  Later 3 C. Roans began to write literature (texts with self-conscious artistic aim in mind) under influence of Greek literature  Rome wrote of its history, and Greeks did as their power rose in the Mediterranean  Validity accessed with information to writers and methods to convey it  Access to their sources is lost  Evidence shows it would have been difficult to understand  Did not use primary documents  Supposedly oral traditions with the odd stray document  „Annalas Maximi‟ – Chronology surviving from pre-literacy period, was an influence on early Roman historians  Register of annual events kept by the head of Roman board of priests „pontifex Maximus‟  Whitewash boards on display near his public office  When something worth recording occurred, it was listed under the date it occurred  No passage of laws or decrees of the senate were listed  It ceased around 130 B.C  Information was copied down in more manageable form, and eventually compiled into 80 books  It included records going back to the foundation of the city (The Republic began around book 11)  Information on the foundation must have been fabricated on an unknown basis  Earliest authors of Latin annuals were probably „magistrates‟  Anachronistically transferred current concerns into the past  Later historians main aim in writing was to entertain (armchair historians)by fabricating, twisting, exaggerating  Livy used their work as sources, it is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction in his narrative  Expansion of the history of the Early Republic  Earliest and recent history is treated at length, the early Republic is not  This imbalance was likely “fixed” with fiction  Early history was concerned on great public events, interpreted through actions of the highest political leaders  Historians shaped material according to some moral or educational purposes  1 C. B.C „antiquarian‟ – research attempting to explain primitive practices and ceremonies whose significance is no longer clear (Romans were conservative) rd  Literary tradition continuing until the 3 century is subject to doubts  Chronology for foundation of the Republic is more reliable  The period of Kingdom and Early Republic are dubious  Written and physical remain have incompatible facts, with written remains validity being doubtful  1 half of the 1 millennium B.C. show signs of small settlements of the Latins people  Location names indicate the peninsula was at some point occupied by those of a non- Indo-European language  Probably the Bakans or central Europeans  In North West Italy during the iron age the dead were cremated and their ashes buried – Villanovan culture  This was widespread in central Europe and introduced to Italy in the late Bronze Age  Indicates either borrowing or migration  The 12 C. Iron Age can be divided into 4 phases, phases II and IV can subdivided into A and B  Arbitrary dating for these dates  Greek pottery provides a chronology, but it appears in the IV phase, with imitations during the III phase  Phase I: few urns, though to begin in the late Porto-Villanovan, placed around 1000  Phase II: 2 areas of burials found in Rome are similar, but distinct  They are thought to be of 2 groups, but likely the 2 is of a later group  Excavations at Gabii show 2 cemeteries (show no social & economic distinctions) of separated family groups  Phase III: Olive oil and wine production begins, the pottery wheel comes about  There is a clear distinction of tombs on the basis of wealth  Increase in size of cities and economic advancement/specializa
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